Xuxa Rodríguez is a PhD candidate in Art History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign specializing in 20th and 21st century Latinx and Latin American Art, with focuses in Afrodiasporic art and theory of the Caribbean, performance art, social practice, and feminist and queer theory. Her dissertation, “Performing Exile: Cuban-American Women’s Performance Art, 1972–2014,” is the first to examine Ana Mendieta, Carmelita Tropicana, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, and Coco Fusco together, arguing their work embodies U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations of the late 20th century. She has served as a 2017–2018 Smithsonian Predoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, a 2016–2017 Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow, a 2014 Smithsonian Latino Museum Studies Program Fellow, and a 2013–2016 Graduate College Distinguished Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has interned and worked for Figure One Exhibition Lab Space, Frost Art Museum, Krannert Art Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Spurlock Museum. Her curatorial practice occupies the intersections of the affective, collaborative, immersive, and sensorial to facilitate projects that center artist’s voices, dance, installation, music, participation, performance, and readings. In 2018–2019, she will serve as a Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellow in American Art.
The Center for Curatorial Leadership to Convene its 2018 CCL/Mellon Foundation Seminar in Curatorial Practice This July, the Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) will welcome fifteen art history doctoral students to New York City for the CCL/Mellon Foundation Seminar in Curatorial Practice. This fifth iteration of the program will bring ... Read More >
Highlights from the Fifth Annual CCL/Mellon Foundation Seminar in Curatorial Practice This July, the Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) convened its fifth annual CCL/Mellon Foundation Seminar in Curatorial Practice. The program assembled 15 art history doctoral students from a dozen universities specializing in areas ranging from Roman glass portraits through to modern ... Read More >